Welfare. Riding an electric bike, an activity that is good for you

In 2018, Dr. Jessica E. Bourne and her team at the University of Bristol (Great Britain) compiled data from 17 studies to assess the intensity of physical activity while riding a bicycle at electric assistance (VAE). That is a total of 300 participants.

The results plead in favor of the VAE: it does indeed generate physical activity, qualified as “at least moderate” intensity, underline the authors. That is an expenditure of 3 to 6 METs or metabolic equivalents, the unit of measurement of physical activity. Like a walk between 5 and 6.5 km/h or a slow climb up the stairs.

By way of comparison, a high-intensity physical activity such as a brisk walk of more than 6.5 km/h or a rapid stair climb corresponds, for the same duration, to an expenditure of 6 to 9 METs.

Physical rehabilitation

On the physiological level, the scientists also noted indicators concerning the maximum heart rate. In their eyes, it “exceeds the intensity thresholds required for improving cardiorespiratory fitness in healthy adults”.

They also found benefits that would be greater among “people with low physical fitness.” Whether they are inactive, sedentary or suffering from a chronic illness, for example.

Not to mention that the VAE would also allow its users “to ride more frequently or for a longer period”, than if they benefited from a conventional bicycle.